Thursday, July 10, 2014

Venus: Colonising The Acidic Atmosphere

Life dangling above planet Venus may feel rather odd for some, while others may have no idea what to expect. 

Commentator George Turner on Selenian Boondocks described how a colonist on Venus could hold meat into the planet's harsh acidic atmosphere as a way of cooking.

US scientists and science-fiction writers alike have made a strong case for the possible colonization of Venus.

While so many space enthusiasts are keeping their eyes on Mars, there might be a planet with more prosperous opportunities for the human race.

There is a strong case for creating a floating colony above Venus, according to writer Charles Stross.

The sci-fi author suggested that a constructed floating city on Venus could be made, but would need the help of billionaires' bank accounts.

Venus, the second planet away from the Sun may not seem like the coziest place to live as the surface temperature is so hot, it could melt lead.

However, the air on Venus thins out as it rises above the ground and cools off, around an estimated 30 miles up, human habitation could be a very possible plan.

It is believed that it would be like the temperature of the Mediterranean with the barometric pressure being at sea-level.

The most plausible place to establish a floating city would most likely be the planet Venus, as stated in an article on

Though the concept sounds far-out, a floating city may just be a do-able project. Scientist and sci-fi writer Geoffrey Landis introduced a concept in a paper he called "Colonizing Venus" during the Conference of Human Space Exploration, Space Technology and Applications International Forum that was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2003.

Air, that is considered to be breathable, exists in Venus' atmosphere filled with carbon dioxide. This means that on the planet Venus, a blimp would be able to use air to lift it up, the way other blimps take advantage of helium to float in an atmosphere that is much thinner.

Landis is not alone in his way of furturistic thinking. An entire group of sci-fi authors and scientists have been talking about the concept on the blog entitled Selenian Boondocks, in which its founder Jonathan Goff describes it as "a blog I founded to discuss space politics, policy, technology, business, and space settlement."

Still, a huge problem with a lunar colony is the fact that astronauts' bones and muscles start to break down in a low gravity environment.

For the time being, nobody is sure how much gravity a human really needs to prevent this deterioration from happening.

However it is important to point out that Venus' gravity is the closest to Earth, if compared to other planets, at about 9/10ths.

If Mars is looked into, it only has a third of the gravity that planet Earth has, and the moon just has a sixth.

Another crucial factor that needs to be looked into is atmospheric pressure. Mars is not at all suitable as it would suck oxygen out of a human's surroundings on its planet at a rapid speed.

However, 30 miles above Venus, the oxygen would just seep out. This also means that a colony above Venus would not need to have such strong support.

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